Do you think that is going to be a measuring stick instead of how many mobes you could do being reflective of the kind of rider you were. Do you think that?s going to be critical criteria in how a rider is perceived?
I think that?s the most important thing in the sport. From both sides of it, you can have a free-rider that can rip on sliders but when it comes to the wake, they?re not going as big or not as technical. I think to be the best rider you can, you should mix it up. Whether you free-ride or competition ride, you should be able to do mobes, spins, Raley tricks, hit kickers, mobes, sliders. You know, it?s the man that can go out there and do everything. Like Parks, Parks is a good exampple, whether it?s cable, to boat, to free-ride, to sliders. You know the kid does everything, and I think there should be more people trying to get out and mix it up, learn more tricks off the wake and sliders.
Now you mentioned Parks. Who are some of the other guys whose riding you admire?
I just said I like Parks because he just does everything and he has a talent. You tell him a trick and within a couple of tries he?s got it. Then I love Darin, because Darin is so dedicated to the sport and he?s won it all. He?s been on Tour for 10 years, and he still goes bigger than anyone, more technical than anyone, takes care of more than just the riding side of things. He?s a businessman; I admire that a lot. I like Gregg a lot because he?s so aggressive. He just doesn?t stop. He?s like a little Energizer Bunny out in the water. He mixes it up a lot. Greg is not one that is just going to do something because he can do it. Instead of doing a mobe, he?ll jump the wake. But he?ll be like six feet in the air and 20 feet out in the flats with a double grab. There are not many people doing that kind of thing, so I like his style.